Legal help with buying and selling shares in a company

Buying and selling shares in a company is a big step to take. With specialist legal support from our share sales solicitors, it can be one in the right direction.

A share sale or purchase is an alternative to buying or selling a company’s assets. It can mean a smoother transition of ownership because it often enables the buyer to take over the running of the business without having to deal with transfers of customer contracts, licences, consents or premises.

While share sales offer distinct advantages, they are not free from complicated issues and big decisions for both sides. The process can be intense, requiring the seller and the buyer to focus on detailed factual and legal documents, take a view on problematic areas and maintain perspective and context.

At the heart of any transaction is the due diligence process. It is a critical part of any proposed sale or purchase. Not only does it flush out any issues, but it allows both sides to properly assess the viability of the deal and to kick-start negotiations. For buyers, a well executed due diligence process will reveal the extent of the liabilities they will inherit post-sale, many of which they can limit through sellers’ warranties and indemnities.

Share sale and purchase solicitors

Our corporate lawyers advise buyers and sellers on all aspects of share sales and purchases. They identify the key points in any deal and guide clients through due diligence, always keeping in mind the overall objectives.

Our team helps sellers and buyers negotiate and structure a deal which gives them the outcome they’re looking for. For sellers this includes getting a good price and limiting ongoing liability. For buyers it’s protecting their position through restrictive covenants and other contractual promises from the seller.

In every type of transaction our team works quickly and thoroughly to help make deals happen.

  • "Nelsons Solicitors Limited's varied client roster includes SMEs, owner-managed businesses and Plcs. It handles a high volume of sales and acquisitions across a wide range of different industries."

    Legal 500
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  • “Represents a broad portfolio of family-managed and owner-managed clients, as well as multinationals and plcs. Continues to be involved in a variety of transactions on both the buyer and seller sides, with particular activity in the healthcare sector as part of a broad offering. Offices across the East Midlands ensure local clients benefit from an impressive depth of resources to assist on transactional work. Active on deals across a variety of sectors including aerospace, banking and charities among others. Strengths - clients appreciate that the lawyers are 'approachable and transparent,' and that 'they become part of your team'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "With a range of clients that includes SMEs, public companies and owner managed businesses, Nelsons Solicitors Limited is particularly strong in M&A, corporate restructurings and drafting commercial contracts."

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  • "An approachable team with comprehensive knowledge, which works in an efficient manner."

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  • "All team members respond to questions with clarity and without delay…"

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